Gratitude: The Most Basic Root of Spirituality (and the greatest missing link today)
The spirituality industry used to be so “cool” over a decade ago. Twelve years ago it wasn’t “cool” and “hip” to grow kombucha, wear crystals around your neck and meditate in a yoga ashram. People did this either because they were genuinely seeking a life change or were always into unicorns and narwhals ever since childhood.
Times have changed and the adulteration of the spirituality and the “all-natural” industry is full on. Enlightened yoga gurus have sexually abused emotionally damaged women. And supposed “compassionate” vegans throw their bible in the air condemning anyone with a voice that differs from them.
As more people “awake” to certain changes, the materialistic growth of the industry has evolved into people becoming vultures or narcissistic leaders who have a man bun and wear nine-thousand trinkets on their wrist. Along with the increase of intellect and reason, many people believe that once they get their certification or reiki attunements, that they are living embodiments of the most knowledgeable and sacred teacher on earth.
Isn’t it ironic that some of the most world-renowned leaders were simple, humble beings? Gandhi, Jesus, Saint Francis, Mother Theresa – these teachers came from an authentic and pure place.
Through the last few years, I’ve sat and watched this industry playout. One of the biggest “missing links” is the connection to gratitude.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com